WARNING: COUNTERFEIT NOTARY MANUAL. A counterfeit Notary Manual is being sold online. You can purchase the NC Secretary of State's authorized edition online at the UNC School of Government or in person at your local Community College bookstore.


Piedmont Community College offers the course of notary instruction required for commissioning as a notary in North Carolina. This course educates notaries about legal, ethical and procedural requirements of notarial acts.

Some of the other requirements for commissioning as a notary include:

  • Be at least 18 years of age or legally emancipated as defined in Article 35 of Chapter 7B of the General Statutes.
  • Reside or have a regular place of work or business in this State
  • Reside legally in the United States.
  • Speak, read, and write the English language.
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Pass the course of instruction described in Chapter 10B, unless the person is a licensed member of the North Carolina State Bar.
  • Purchase and keep as a reference the most recent manual approved by the Secretary that describes the duties and authority of notaries public.

For a complete list of requirements and the answers to many questions about being a notary, please visit the NC Secretary of State’s website.


Jeanette Godsey (336) 322-2482 or e-mail jeanette.godsey@piedmontcc.edu